Adaptation

Karen Holland/US Environmental Protection Agency

Tom Beery is an enthusiastic guy to begin with, but kicking off a two-day workshop on adaptation planning for coastal communities - on Duluth's Climate Adaptation Day, no less - you get the feeling that he just can't wait to get started.

"We don't have to argue the specifics of climate change," he says.  "We're experiencing change, and we can look at it from a readiness perspective."

We talk with Rebecca Katz Harwood, Associate Professor in the UMD Department of Theatre about adaptation, transforming a story originally in another form into a play or film.  Citing several recent Broadway musical adaptations - Hamilton, Mary Poppins, The Producers, and The Lion King, to name a few - we explore whether adaptations can or should remain true to the original source, and ways that an adaptation may enhance or even shed new light onto the original material.